Come on, press play and come and watch the sunset with me.
Lagos, Portugal, June 2013
On the road in Alberta, Canada, January 2013
From Café Mambo, San Antonio, Ibiza, July 2014
Ibiza 2014, again.
Canmore, AB, Canada, December 2012
Lexington, Kentucky, October 2013
Flying into Cologne, Germany, March 2011
From my parents' house, Ayrshire, Summer 2012
Dubrovnik, Croatia, August 2011
Hvar, Croatia, August 2011
Kelvingrove, Glasgow, June 2012
I'm a sucker for a good sunset. My friend Sarah says "I can never get tired of skyporn," and I completely agree. In fact, if I were to post to instagram every single picture I take of the sky, I would bore you all to tears. Besides, it never looks as good on camera as it does in real life.
I've watched the sun set from San Antonio's sunset strip in Ibiza twice now and I think it's my favourite sunsetting experience. Not least because they've completely ritualised something that is literally an every day occurrence, albeit a beautiful one. I mean, people clap when the sun finally dips below the waters. I was in Ibiza with fellow sunset lover Sarah this summer and as we perched on the beach, mojitos in hand, we spoke about how lovely it is that the simple act of watching the sunset in San Antonio is an event in itself. Sure, for most of those visiting the island it's all about the all night parties, the big name DJs, the euphoria of dancing to your favourite music in venues that are incomparable to anything at home, but it's quite remarkable that so many people take the time out of their eat-sleep-rave-repeat schedule to do something so simple as watch the sunset. It feels like the whole island stops to breathe and appreciate things for a moment. The atmosphere is so chilled out, the music is incredible and the view is so beyond picture-perfect your little heart will feel like it's going to burst from the beauty. Even if you've got misgivings about the White Isle's hedonistic party reputation, in my opinion it's entirely worth going for the San Antonio sunset alone.
The ritualisation of watching the sunset is something I want to bring into 'real life' a little more. It's not just whilst on holiday in Ibiza that you can take pause, grab a cocktail and relax as you watch the day turn into night. Sure, the sunset in Edinburgh is probably not going to be quite as beautiful as the one in the Balearics, but it's more about taking those moments to chill out a bit and appreciate the simple beauty of it all, right? Besides, all you really need is a nice west-facing view, a glass of something cold and a decent playlist.
I may be far too pale to ever be a fully-fledged sun-seeker (hello sunburn), but sunset-seeker is a moniker that sounds right up my street.